Which Leafs received qualifying offers?

Monday was the deadline for qualifying restricted free agents. It’s not unheard of for the news to break a couple of days after the fact. After “the big four” restricted free agents of Ben Scrivens, Cody Franson, Nikolai Kulemin and Matt Frattin, the Leafs have a few other players to qualify. Korbinian Holzer, the big…


Will Cody Franson fill Luke Schenn’s role?

One of the interesting questions left by the Luke Schenn trade is “well, who fills his roster spot?” At least for now, the Toronto Maple Leafs have one fewer NHL defenceman than they did heading into the weekend. The first question to ask is “what was Luke Schenn’s spot?” Schenn played a top-four role, but…


Leafs Nation Podcast: The JvR Edition

    With Danny Gray out of action this week, it was up to Eric T. (that’s @BSH_EricT of Broad St. Hockey fame) and I to hash out how each side felt about their new players. I’m happy to say that Eric was unhappy with the deal – always a good sign. Sorry, Eric. Follow me over…


More On The Schenn-JvR Deal

  I have to confess that I’ve never been much of a Luke Schenn fan. It’s perhaps true that if he had been drafted to a more patient team, I’d be telling a different story today, but whether or not the Leafs "rushed" him, I think mf37 is correct in making a connection to Luke…


Nation Radio – June 23, 2012 Entry Draft Edition

    The 2012 Entry Draft was a wild one, with an unexpected run on defenders in the top-10, the Jordan Staal and Luke Schenn trades as well as Calgary making the biggest risk/reward pick in the first round. The Nation had no less than five people on the ground in Pittsburgh watching the action…


James Van Riemsdyk traded to Leafs for Luke Schenn

The Luke Schenn re-vitalization project didn’t get off the ground. Just as the assembled hockey media was ditching Pittsburgh for the weekend, Brian Burke took the time to make the biggest deal of the year so far, sending Schenn to Philadelphia in exchange for James Van Riemsdyk. Courtesy Dreger: Breaking News!!!!Toronto trades Luke Schenn to…


Canucks GM Mike Gillis shoots down any Luongo to Toronto speculation

Creepy Over the weekend it was expected that maybe the time was right for the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs to make a deal involving a goaltender, specifically, Roberto Luongo. However, the only trade involving the Leafs on draft day was that they dealt one of their goaltenders to a Canadian team. The negotiating…


Toronto Maple Leafs’ late-round picks

With the 125th pick, the Leafs selected Dominic Toninato of Duluth-East Greyhounds in the Minnesota high school system. Toninato was ranked 149th in NHL Central Scouting, after a strong second half of the season that saw him score 61 points in 25 games.


Matt Finn selected 35th overall

There was some talk after the first round of the draft, where Guelph Storm defenceman Matt Finn was left standing, that he may fall to his hometown team Toronto for the No. 35 pick. As it turns out, Finn, listed 6’0″ 197 by the Storm, became the second defenceman chose by Burke, and the second…

The Five Top-Ranked Players Left At The 2012 NHL Draft

The first round of this year’s draft saw some surprising selections. At the very top, Nail Yakupov went first overall as the Oilers opted for the consensus best player, but there were reaches and slides sprinkled throughout. Filip Forsberg, ranked 2nd on the consensus list, fell to 11; Teuvo Teravainen was pegged as a top-10…


More on Rielly from Leafs’ scouting director Dave Morrison

(Bruce Bennett/Getty) PITTSBURGH — The Maple Leafs’ director of amateur scouting Dave Morrison didn’t necessarily confirm Brian Burke’s assertion that number five overall pick Morgan Rielly was the highest player ranked on the Leafs’ board, but admitted that “we had him pretty high.” “We went for a high-end skill talent. We wanted a guy that can…


NHL Draft: Maple Leafs select Morgan Rielly at fifth overall

PITTSBURGH — Brian Burke apparently didn’t shy away from the idea of selecting a Western Hockey League defenceman with the fifth overall pick in Friday’s first round, selecting defenceman Morgan Rielly of the Moose Jaw Warriors. After what seemed like eons of second-guessing and innuendo, the first four picks of the NHL Draft went generally as expected….